Honda Malaysia has announced that the new third-generation Honda Jazz is now available for booking in Malaysia, and an official launch will be happening by the end of this month. The car was spied late last month on a transporter near Bukit Jelutong.

UPDATE: The new Honda Jazz is now launched in Malaysia, read our launch report.

The 2014 Honda Jazz will be available in three variants – 1.5 S, 1.5 E and 1.5 V, in that order in terms of equipment level and expected pricing. This is pretty interesting as it means Honda Malaysia now treats the Jazz as a mass-market model just like the Honda City, which also has a variety of equipment levels.

And rightfully so, ever since the previous-generation Jazz was launched as a CKD model with a lower price tag, sales leaped from only 650 units a year on average for the CBU model up to 6,770 units in less than a year for the CKD model. These numbers don’t even include the CKD Hybrid model.

Powering the new Honda Jazz is a 1.5 litre SOHC i-VTEC engine producing 120 PS at 6,600 rpm and 145 Nm of torque at 4,600 rpm. This engine drives the front wheels via a new Honda Earth Dreams CVT gearbox – essentially the same engine and gearbox combo as in the new Honda City.

The Jazz will continue the interior versatility of the previous-generation models thanks to its Ultra Seats with rear seat reclining. Though we don’t know the full equipment levels of each spec level yet, Honda Malaysia have announced that at least the top spec variant will have six airbags, VSA stability control, Emergency Start Stop signal and Hill Stop Assist (HSA).

Bookings made between now and July 15 will be in the running to win a trip to the Maldives, and Honda Malaysia has also arranged for 2.53% financing. You’ll be able to catch it at a preview roadshow moving about town starting from today. Find out where the Jazz will be here.

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